How to Cite a Graph in APA

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If you are drawing information for a paper from a math, sociology or economics source, you may want to include a graph from your research in your paper. Whenever you include a graph from an outside source in your work, credit the author so your reader can see where your information comes from. In American Psychological Association style, the source of a graph is noted when it appears in the text and is included in your reference list.

Citing Graph Sources in Reference Lists

When you include a graph in your text, the source of that graph is included on your reference list. If the graph was taken from a book, use the following basic format:

Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year). Title of book: Subtitle if applicable. Publisher location: Publisher.

For example: Corns, J.B. (1963). Barley, sage, rosemary stocks: A history. Ithaca, NY: Farmstead Press.

When citing an article from a journal or other periodical, use this format:

Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year, Month Day, if applicable). Article title: Subtitle if applicable. Title of periodical, Volume number(Issue number), article pages. Retrieved from URL (if located on Web).

For example: Connule, B.C. (2013, April). Rituals of time and space: Atacama dioramas. Chilean religious monthly, 45(4), pp. 23-76.

Graphs in Text

When you include a graph from an outside source in the body of your text, place a note after the graph that provides information about the source. This is the format:

Note. From Title of book, page, by Author Name, Year, Publication location: Publisher.

For example: Note. From Barley, sage, rosemary stocks: A history, p. 27, by J.B. Corns, 1963, Ithaca, NY: Farmstead Press.

If the graph is taken from a journal article, the article title is placed in quotation marks, and the journal information and page are used in place of the publication information:

Note. From "Rituals of time and space: Atacama dioramas" by B.C. Connule, 2013, Chilean religious monthly, 45(4), p. 48.


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Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in 2010. He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Zamboni has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Wesleyan University.

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